rector’s messages

Visioning

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Over this year the Vestry and I have been meeting to engage in Visioning, that is we are trying to catch a glimpse of our calling here at this corner of School and Pleasant Streets. One of the central pieces of Visioning is first understanding what the mission is, and here is where we, like many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, get caught up. We often ask ourselves, what is our mission, which makes a certain amount of sense, except the Church is not another non-profit among so many good organizations. The Church is the Body of Christ on earth, and we are called not to our own mission...

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St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Snowmass

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

Last Summer Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. invited Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Fr. Laurence Freeman, O.S.B. and Fr. Tilden Edward to St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Snowmass, CO. Each of these great teachers are recognized leaders at the forefront of the “contemplative reformation” in motion in the Church at this time. Through their shared commitment to sharing the contemplative heart of Christianity and their concern for the healing of the world, they ...

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Advent Message from the Desk of the Pastor

Posted on Dec 5, 2016

In Advent over the last few years I have found myself going back again and again to a little work by Johannes Tauler; Sermon 1 to be exact. It is a homily on the Triple Birth of Christ we celebrate at Christmas. The three births are: the birth of the Word in Eternity before time and all worlds, the birth of the Son to the Blessed Virgin Mary the birth of Christ in the ground of every heart that is open and illuminated by God’s loving Spirit. There is this little section where Tauler is giving some helpful pointers in how to open the heart and let the light of Christ burn away the...

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Two Fall Messages from Fr. Justin

Posted on Oct 30, 2016

HALLOWTIDE Hallowtide is the eight days beginning at sundown on the eve of All Saints’ Day. The three gems of this little micro-season (octave) are Halloween, All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. Traditionally, on October 31, there is a special All Hallows’ Eve Service, where there is the initial turning towards the cosmic aspects of our world, like the War between the Angels in the book of Revelation. Also, there is special attention turned toward the departed with a visit to the cemetery (which was often part of the church’s campus). Already we have an atmosphere of life after...

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October Messsage from Fr. Justin

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

One day Abba Arsenius consulted an old Egyptian monk about his own interior life. Someone noticed this and said to him, “Abba Arsenius, how is it that you with such a good Latin and Greek education, ask this peasant about your interior life?” He replied, “I have indeed been taught Latin and Greek, but I do not know even the alphabet of this peasant.” My kids have gone back to school and the cooler weather has started to show itself. On September the 14th we celebrated Holy Cross day, which marks the “Winter Season” in the liturgical calendar the start of the “great fast”. ...

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Summer reflections from Fr. Justin

Posted on Jul 7, 2016

We have now entered Trinitytide or if you prefer ordinary time. It is called ordinary because the Sundays are ordered that is they are in order, such as “proper 10”, “proper 11”, “proper 12”. The Summer is upon us with some consistency and we are enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and letting our bodies relax a bit in the warmth of the sun and the deliciousness of the breeze. I feel something of a special kinship with Jesus in the summer. Recognizing that Jesus’ earthly ministry did not include a stint in Vermont or the New England winters that we enjoy/endure. His single...

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